Journalist Chris Hedges along with Joe Sacco, graphic novel illustrator have collaborated on a book, Days of Destruction, Day of Revolt. Both the text and illustrations focus on the plight of communities in “sacrificial zones” such as the coal mining community in West Virginia, the farm workers in Immokalee, Florida, the Native American population in South Dakota, or the citizens of Camden, New Jersey.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, or AP English Language or Literature class.
Students will view supporting video clips, such as interviews with Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco on Bill Moyer’s PBS show. Also, in the resource are links to two songs: Bruce Springsteen’s, “My City in Ruins” and The Decemberist’s, “This is Why We Fight,” where the voice of the speakers are compared and contrasted. Links to excerpts of the book and a Nation Magazine article, “City in Ruins” is provided.
There is also an opportunity to write a rhetorical précis, as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. Included is a lesson on crafting a thesis sentence, as well as a link to the Question 3 prompt for the 2008B AP English Language and Composition examination. The students will consider Hedges and Sacco’s work in writing an original argument concerned about the difference between disagreement and dissension.
These three lessons prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.
In this resource, there is a unique detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions. In the guide, there is a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fishbowl discussion with the rubric. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
Tags: Socratic Seminar, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, American Literature